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Just like mom used to make, or maybe even better.

This easy meatloaf is one of our best basics recipes because it offers up a tasty, hearty dinner or a killer meatloaf sandwich for minimal effort. And once you have mastered this best basic meatloaf recipe, you can trick it out and make it your own. Consider crazy glazes, wrapping the whole thing in bacon, or swapping out some — or all — of the recommended meats for another ground meat.

If you want to add some spice, swap out 1 pound of the ground meat for 1 pound of hot italian sausage. Just remove the casing and crumble the sausage meat before mixing.